## Ps And Ba

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6.- To Pass a Ball from Center to Either of the End Cups Freely Chosen by a Spectator. ---

Arrange the three cups in line A.B.C. on the table, secretly leaving the palmed ball under "C." This done, place the three visible balls, one on top of each cup. Take the center ball, and seem to place it under "B," really palming it. Next take the ball upon "A" and actually place it under that cup, secretly inserting with it the palmed ball. Take the remaining ball,and pass it invisibly from the hands (palming it) under "C," raising the latter, and showing the duplicate ball; replace the cup over the ball, secretly inserting also the one from the palm.

There being now two balls under each of the end cups, it becomes a matter of simplicity to pass the one, presumably under the center cup, to iether of the end cups chosen by a spectator. The chosen cup is raised, the two balls shown and apparently replaced under it; in reality one is palmed to be secretly Inserted under "B" in the act of raising and replacing same ostensibly for the purpose of showing It empty. One of the two balls, supposed to be under "C," is now commanded to pass under "a." This is eventually shown to have taken place, the three balls being left exposed on the table.

7.- The Balls Placed under the End Cups, Pass under the Middle One. - At the conclusion of the last Pass, the duplicate ball remained under "B." Proceeding, seem to place a ball under "C" (palming it); then order It to pass under "B"; raise the latter, showing the duplicate ball, then, when replacing it, secretly add the one from the palm. Repeat the operation with the second ball at "A," and, finally, with the third ball at "C."

If desired, the last ball may be extracted from the cup on the tip of the wand, the palmed ball being apparently produced from the wand (as already explained), then passed invisibly from the hands under the center cup. All cups turned over to show three balls under the center and none under the outer cups.

8.- To Pass Three Balls Between the Cups Stacked One Above the Other. - In the act of replacing the cups at the conclusion of the last Pass, secretly insert the palmed ball tinder "C", Take up one of the three balls, and apparently throw it into "C," really palming it. Cover "C" with "B," secretly inserting the palmed ball between the two. Take up one of the remaining two balls, and vanish it by palming as before. Put "A" over "B," secretly inserting the palmed ball between the two. Vanish the remaining ball, then discover the three between the cups.

9.- The "Multiplication" Pass.- At the commencement of this Pasa the fourth ball is palmed in the right hand. The three visible balls are placed one in front of each of the cups. Here the performer obtains the assistance of • gentleman from the audience; also the loan of a cambric handkerchief. The assistant is first instructed to place the cups over the balls, then to hold the handkerchief by the four corners so as to form a bag. All is now ready.

Raising "A" with the right hand, the performer replaces it on the table by the side of the exposed ball, secretly inserting under it the ball from the palm. Picking up the exposed ball he apparently places it in the handkerchief, really palming it. The same operation is then repeated at "B," also at "C." The performer then returns to the first cup, from which the spectators are astonished to find him produce still another ball, followed by another at "B," another at "C," and so on. And this is kept up indefinitely until the required number of ballB have,presumably,been produced.

In conclusion, the general astonishment is intensified when it is discovered the handkerchief is empty - the balls supposed to be contained therein may first be commanded to disappear. In place of the handkerchief a silk hat may be used, when the noise of the balls, supposedly falling in same, may be simulated by a gentle fillip of the thumb on the inside.

Employing the familiar Egg Bag which may be proved empty in the first place, a number of balls, corresponding to the number supposedly produced from beneath the cups, may eventually be found in the same. The tube shaped vase with vertical division for changing flags may also be used for the same purpose.

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